It’s Boxing Day and the two radio stations in Edmonton (The Chuck and Capital FM) that switched to 24/7 Christmas music have switched back to their regular formats. When they first switched to holiday music, the first two songs I heard were Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”, followed by Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”. This made me laugh, as they were the two songs I felt I typically heard the most throughout the holiday season.
This got my music nerd brain wondering ”what song will I hear the most this year?” So like any music nerd (or maybe I am the only one who would do this) I started tracking which songs I heard on both radio stations.
Throughout the holidays I read a couple articles about WHAM’s “Last Christmas” returning to the Pop charts and even today saw an article about Mariah Carey’s ongoing dominance with her holiday hit “All I Want For Christmas”. Would either of these tracks top my list? Edmonton is the City Of Champions when it comes to “All I Want For Christmas” (see article on that HERE)
Here’s my personal Top 10
10 – Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmas Time”
9 – Johnny Mathis “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”
8 – Nate King Cole “The Christmas Song”
7 – Jose Feliciano “Feliz Navidad”
6 – Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
5 – Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock”
4 – Brenda Lee “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
3 – Burl Ives “Holly Jolly Christmas”
2 – WHAM “Last Christmas”
1 – Andy Williams “(It’s the Most) Wonderful Time of The Year”
In all fairness, if I counted every cover version of “Last Christmas” along with the original version it would be at the top of this list by a long shot.